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Volume 2, Number 17

Cheshire’s Hometown Newspaper

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Highlights of 2013, changes and challenges The Cheshire Citizen

The future of the community pool, the town’s mention in Money Magazine, state championships for high school sports teams and a plan to start all-day kindergarten were all highlights of 2013. In February, a blizzard that dumped over three feet of snow caused the Olympicsize pool’s bubble roof to collapse for the second time in three years. The pool, located in Bartlem Park, was closed for clean up, that included removing shards of glass. The blizzard also closed the town’s schools for nearly a week. In March, W. S . Development moved ahead with revitalized plans to build a shopping center and eventually a residential village in the north end of Cheshire near Interstate 691. In April, Cheshire dog lovers gathered to raise funds for a dog park, which opened in the fall. More than $31,000 was raised. In May, after a thorough cleaning and refilling, the community pool opened to swimmers, including high school teams. In June, a Wallingford boy with leukemia got to enjoy

his new bedroom, entirely outfitted with Yankees gear provided by Cheshire High School students. In July, a paranormal group from New Haven spent the night at the Cheshire Historical Society, looking for ghostly activity. The group said they witnessed some strange occurrences, but didn’t think any ghosts were present. In Aug ust, the town was ranked 39 on Money Magazine’s annual list of the country’s 50 top small towns. In September, renovations began on the water pollution control plant. The facility will be upgraded to the tune of $32.15 million. In October, Ryan Scalise, 31, The Cheshire girl’s swim team takes practice at the Cheshire Community Pool in Cheshire, of Middletown, was charged Friday, August 30, 2013. | (Dave Zajac/file photo) in the drunken driving death of Moises Larriu, 50, of Southington. The crash occurred on Route 10 near I-691. In the November elections, town voters decided to approve a referendum for a $3.5 million permanent tension membrane structure for the your card from prior publications, or reTo all Residents and Businesses: community pool. cently went to our website to fill out the In late November, the HELP us continue to deliver the form, please either go to cheshirecitizen. school board voted unaniCheshire Citizen to your home or busi- com to fill out the form (it only takes a few mously to implement all-day ness for FREE. Postal regulations ask us minutes), or call (203) 634-3933 to have a kindergarten for the 2014-15 to secure “requester information” from all card sent to your home for you to fill out school year. readers to show that the publication is de- and mail back. We hope you enjoy readIn sports, the Cheshire sired in at least 50 percent of the homes ing Cheshire’s FREE weekly paper, The it is mailed to. If you have not mailed in Cheshire Citizen.

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Thursday, Jan. 2 Wrestling - Cheshire vs. Branford at Cheshire, 6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 3 Boys basketball Cheshire vs. Lyman Hall at Cheshire, 7 p.m. Girls basketball Cheshire vs. Lyman Hall at Lyman Hall, 7 p.m. Boys swim, dive Cheshire vs. Daniel Hand at Madison Swim and Racquet Club, 7 p.m.

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Girls basketball Cheshire vs. Amity at Cheshire, 7 p.m. Boys swim, dive Cheshire vs. Sacred Heart, Brookfield at Kennedy High School, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Jan 11 Boys ice hockey Cheshire vs. Amity at Wesleyan University Ice Rink, 6 p.m. Wrestling - Cheshire vs. East Haven, New Haven, Stratford, Brookfield at East Haven High School, 9 a.m.

Monday, Jan. 13

Bottle drive - Boy Scout Troop 51 has scheduled a bottle and can drive for Saturday, Jan. 4, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cheshire First Congregational Church on the green. Proceeds benefit Troop 51 camping supplies and equipment. Boys ice hockey Cheshire at Warde Invitational at Fairfield Warde High School, 9:30 a.m. Wrestling - Cheshire vs. Branford at Cheshire, 6 p.m.

DAR - Daughters of the American Revolution Lady Fenwick Chapter is scheduled to meet Monday, Jan. 13, at noon, at the Prospect Library, 17 Center St., Bring a donations for the Cheshire Food PAntry. Boys basketball Cheshire vs. Fairfield Prep at Fairfield University, 7 p.m. Girls basketball Cheshire vs. Guilford at Cheshire, 7 p.m.

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Friday, Jan. 10 Boys basketball Cheshire vs. Amity at Amity High School, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 15 Girls basketball Cheshire vs. Guilford at Cheshire, 7 p.m. Boys ice hockey Cheshire vs. North Branford at Northford Ice Pavilion, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 17 Boys basketball Cheshire vs. Career Magnet at Cheshire, 7 p.m. Girls basketball Cheshire vs. Foran at Cheshire, 7 p.m.

Monday, Jan 20 Boys ice hockey Cheshire vs. North Haven at Wesleyan University Ice Rink, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 21 Boys basketball Cheshire vs. Hillhouse at Cheshire, 7 p.m. Boys swim, dive Cheshire vs. Amity at Orange Community Center, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 22 Wrestling - Cheshire vs. Jonathan Law at Jonathan Law, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 24 Boys basketball Cheshire vs. Foran at Foran, 7 p.m. Girls basketball Cheshire vs. Jonathan Law at Cheshire, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan 25 Boys ice hockey Cheshire vs. Branford at Northford Ice Pavilion, 4:40 p.m. Wrestling - Cheshire at Silver City Duels at Platt High School, 9:30 p.m.

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Tuesday, Jan. 28 Boys basketball Cheshire vs. Xavier at Cheshire, 7 p.m. Girls basketball Cheshire vs. Sacred Heart Academy at Sacred Heart Academy, 7 p.m. Boys swim, dive Cheshire vs. Fairfield Prep at Fairfield University, 4 p.m.

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Gardens not just for summer By Judy Moeckel Special to The Citizen

It’s easy to think of winter as a bleak, dead time when your garden is to be ignored. But winter can add a special beauty to the garden. In landscaping, think beyond pretty flowers and impressive foliage. Think about using some shrubs and trees that have interesting shapes in fall and winter. I have a couple of miniature Japanese maples with quirky shapes that have visual interest, even when their delicate crimson leaves have fallen. I also love the Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick; its contorted branches give it sculptural interest, especially in the winter. Both of these trees grow very slowly, so they won’t take over your garden and ruin your layout! Although the winter winds and snows will eventually pummel them, hydrangeas can be breathtaking in the fall, when their blooms have dried out and they have turned brown or reddish. Ornamental grasses, such as fountain grass, are nice to leave up in the winter, says Tina Gossner, of Durham. A master gardener and land-

natural materials — take on a sculptural look when the trees have shed their leaves and flowers are nowhere to be found. When dusted (or covered) with snow, they have yet another look. Planting bushes that provide food for birds, such as the bright red winterberry, not only adds color; it helps native and transient (migrating) birds survive. Consult a garden center that doesn’t just sell plants they don’t grow. Look for a place with staff who know about sustainable gardening that helps maintain (or restore) the balance of nature. Nancy DuBrule of Natureworks in Northford is one such person. “The garden in winter can be a place of great beauty. As the leaves fall off of the deciduous trees, the evergreens become the star of the show. Pines, spruces, cedars, and Japanese maple in my yard, with the snow of last week fresh on it! | (Photos: Judy Moeckel/ hemlocks not only provide Special to The Citizen) color in the garden, they offer shelter to birds and wildscape designer, likes their weeping birch next to her tree is a great place to sit in life; pine cone seeds and holly color and shape, and that an- house for its graceful shape. any season; her favorite tree berries are also an important Birdfeeders hang in the trees is accented by a stone bench food source for them.” imals feed on them. For visual impact, she Larger trees may have in- around her house, and, with and flagstone walkways. Terraces, patios and walls teresting shapes off-sea- the leaves down, the birds are son, too. Gossner planted a easy to see. Under her apple — especially when made of See Gardens / Page 16

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Random kindness a good habit to develop By Joy VanderLek The Cheshire Citizen

In 1978, I was digging my orange VW bug out from a curbside snow bank. The snow was just the latest in a series of regular dumps that year in Allentown, Penn. The public works trucks had done a great job plowing the street where I lived, but they left an avalanche of snow on my small beetle. It took about an hour before you could even tell there was a

car underneath it all. My car. At any rate, there I was, just 19 and freshly graduated from high school, and only working in this new place, on my own, for a few weeks at that point. I was broke. I believe I was using something other than a shovel to dig out my car. I know I did not have snow boots on. In fact, I did not own any. I was wearing what I always wore, which was a pair of clogs, the kind with wooden bottoms and leather uppers. My 11 Crown St. Meriden, CT 06450 Reporter – Eve Britton Features – Joy VanderLek News Editor – Olivia L. Lawrence Assistant News Editor – Nick Carroll Executive Vice President and Assistant Publisher – Liz White Senior Vice President of Operations and Major Accounts – Michael F. Killian Senior Vice President and Editor – Ralph Tomaselli

feet were wet and as cold as ice cubes. I didn’t ask for it. I didn’t seek it out—but I did receive a random act of kindness that day. From behind me, I heard a woman’s voice. “Here, this is for you,” she said as she handed me a large brown paper bag. I didn’t know her. Never saw her before now. I took the bag, looked inside, and saw a pair of boots. “I’ve been watching you from my window,” she said pointing

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to her garden apartment in our building. “I saw you didn’t have boots. These are for you,” she said. She smiled. I thanked her. And that was it. I’d never met her, and to be honest, I never did see her again. But I never forgot her through that random act of kindness. Through the years, I’ve practiced random acts of kindness as well. It could be as little as letting someone else ahead of me in a line, or buying a few groceries for a

friend who recently lost his job. The point is, if you believe there is nothing but bad news every day, that the world has gone completely mad, you are wrong. There are so many more shining moments committed by ordinary people each and every day. It is important to realize that, especially in this holiday season, and to remember and practice random acts of kindness all year round.

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Decision to use a cane not always easy By Laura Clementsen Special to The Citizen

Looking at old movies, we sometimes see Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly, decked out Clementsen in top hat and tails, twirling a cane in a dance routine. Around me, I see more and more people using a cane, not as an accessory, but for practical purposes. Some need the cane for balance, stability, or other reasons as simple as their doctor told them to. I commend them for their wisdom. I myself sometimes use a cane if the surface I am walking on is rough or if my route is a long one. I think of the Norwegian folk song “Kjcerringa med staven” about an old woman who lives on a farm in Hakkedalen. The English words are not a translation but they fit the situation: Old woman with a cane, limping down the valley, jumped across the brooklet, old woman with a cane in her hand. Some people who should use a cane absolutely refuse to entertain the thought. I

remember years back reminding my husband to bring his cane when we would set out on a trip. “I don’t know why I have to bring that damn thing along. I don’t need it,” was his answer. Of course he did need it. Other times I swear he tried hard to lose it. He succeeded once. We had been to a meeting in a church hall in New Haven. When we left, he “forgot” to pick up his cane. I went back the next day to look for it, but it was gone. Just the other day, my 80-year old brother Ernie came to visit. As he got out of the car, he could hardly straighten up. He clutched his left hip in obvious pain and shambled into the house. I did not dare ask if he had considered using a cane. Stubbornness would never allow him to admit he could use an assist. At church I often see a woman who says her doctor recommended she use a cane. She’s a small woman, always very fashionably dressed. Her granddaughter gave her a beautiful cane from the Metropolitan Museum of Art gift shop. Maybe it is vanity that keeps her from using it. She could take a cue from the elegant matriarch on Downton

Abbey and her cane. I think she won’t. Too bad. When one is choosing a cane, there are so many choices in size, price, materials, style and decoration. One cane retailer’s ad says, “Don’t settle for any drab old walking stick.” He offers canes made of aluminum and many kinds of wood including bamboo, maple, sassafras, walnut and rosewood. Many are carved; some are painted in beautiful designs. Some are made expressly for women. There are folding canes, spy canes and sword canes. One style features a hidden compartment with a tiny vial for spirits. On the strictly practical side, there is a cane with a folding seat. Canes vary in the number and shape of the prongs they rest on. One highly advertised cane is claimed to stand by itself. My sister has one. She doesn’t like it, preferring her standard old cane. Two factors about a cane are important. First is the fit. A tall cane intended for a tall person will not fit a short person. Second, one needs to learn how to use a cane properly in order to avoid injury, “break a leg” is a blessing we need only for show biz.

Oboe and string players needed The Cheshire Symphony Orchestra is looking for oboe, viola and violin players who are able to play advanced repertoire. Orchestral experience is preferred but not required. The Cheshire Symphony Orchestra is composed of students and professionals from diverse fields including medicine, scientific research, and education. Musicians come from Cheshire and many surrounding communities and volunteer their efforts to work with a professional conductor on


challenging and accessable programming. Rehearsals are scheduled for Monday nights from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Dodd Middle School. For more information, call Cary Jacobs at (203) 915-1568 or Sue Lonergan at (203) 651-9074 and leave a message.

Elim Park, 140 Cook Hill Rd., is seeking volunteers willing to share their time. Volunteer positions offered are visitor/companion, wheelchair transport assistant, recreation activity assistants, and clerical/

office assistant. Training and orientation is provided. For more information, contact Allyson Palma, at (203) 272-3547, ext. 370 or email apalma@elimpark. org.

Women’s Club The Cheshire Women’s Club is scheduled to meet on the first Thursday of each month for a general business meeting and luncheon. The meeting is followed by a pro-

gram that is open to the public. For more information about joining the Cheshire Women’s Club, call Paulette at (203) 2728779 or attend any meeting.

Parenting TV show Creating Cooperative Kids, a talk show for parents and teachers, is scheduled for Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Cox PATV-15. Host Bill Corbett addresses parenting ques-

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pect of humanity that drives Lankford’s latest novel in her series, which is full of self less characters willing to risk injury or death for a greater cause. Her novel addresses what would happen if Jesus were cloned and interacted with the modern world today. In a deeply flawed world, Lankford offers some timeless advice for people looking to find serenity and happiness in their daily routines: • Let the things of tomorrow worry about themselves. Yes, keep up with important events, but a steady diet of bad news isn’t good for you. • Teach your children that they have the power to make the world a better one and it starts with belief in oneself.

• Take time each day to focus on the good in the present moment rather than being lost in worrisome and often pointless thought. Meditating even 15 minutes a day can change your life. • If your children are involved in their own strife with fellow classmates and friends, help them identify common ground. Teach them to forgive and not retaliate. • Set a good example by choosing to notice the good and being happy yourself. Volunteer. Demonstrate that an average person can touch the lives of others. — StatePoint

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Diagnosis movies:

Fear directs these two top-rated films Two of the year’s best films are sure to place statues on their mantles this award season. Based on true stories, even if embellished for the silver screen, “Captain Phillips” and “12 Years A Slave” are front runners for the Golden Globe Awards with four and seven nominations respectively. Captain Phillips tells the tale of American cargo ship MV Maersk Alabama hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009. With an unarmed crew, Phillips attempts to protect his men from the ruthless attack only to find himself held hostage on a small life boat. The tension in those close quarters could have sparked a tsunami.

Not everyone may love Tom Hanks, but no one can deny the man’s talent. What starts out as a simple portrayal of a captain set to follow the rules becomes a rich character study of a man facing uncertain death. His evolution from stoic and rigid to desperate and tortured moved me more than any other performance this year. My heart pounded as I watched him plan out escape plans without speaking a word. An impressive feat and one that may well earn him the big one – the Academy Award for Best Actor. Hanks is paired with the talented Barkhad Abdi as Somali pirate Muse, but the music score, in its own way, may deserve its own acting nod. Each note added intensity throughout the film

and when the music ceremoniously stops during the climactic scene, your heart stops too, if just for a moment. Captain Phillips is impactful film-making. In 12 Years A Slave, free man Solomon Northup is sold into slavery after being abducted by a pair of circus wranglers. Separated from his wife and two children, Solomon faces trials and tribulations under the ownership of different slave owners, some exhibiting inexplicable cruelty, others offering moments of kindness. Only when he meets a sympathetic abolitionist does Solomon regain his freedom. Chiwetel Ejiofor plays Solomon with a hopeful if torn heart. In his struggle to survive, his sense of right and wrong falters at

times, but his honor prevails when it matters most. Michael Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch are exceptional as slave owners, Lupita Nyong’o heartbreaking as Patsey, but Brad Pitt is so … Brad Pitt. Some actors are so famous that it is hard to see past their celebrity to the character. Even if he had one of the most poignant speeches of the film, he was still Brad Pitt first. As a woman I love him; as a film critic, I am distracted by him. The ensemble cast together, however, boasts one of the most memorable films of the year. What unites these stories is fear. The lead characters face violence, threatened with bodily harm and even death. Their strength of character decides whether

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or not they persevere. Put in those situations, how would you fare? In fact, what fears hold you back in your own life today? How can you overcome them? No matter how challenging those problems may seem, these films remind us that the strength is within you to fight back. Captain Phillips: 4 stethoscopes 12 Years A Slave: 4 stethoscopes (Dr. Tanya Feke is a family physician and guest columnist for the Town Times. She has been press credentialed to the LA Film Festival and continues to pursue a love of film. Her reviews are rated on a five stethoscope scale. Follow her blog (, Facebook page (Diagnosis Life), or twitter (@ tanyafeke).

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Faith Services Calvar y Life Family Worship Center, 174 E. Johnson Ave., Saturdays, 6 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m. (Gate 43 - Children’s Church and nursery available); Mid-week service on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.; The Loft (junior and senior high) meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. (203) 272-1701. Cheshire Lutheran Church, 660 W. Main St., Sunday – 8 and 10:30 a.m. services. Education for all ages, 9:10 a.m. (203) 272-5106. Cheshire United Methodist Church, 205 Academy Road, Sunday school, all ages, 9:30 a.m.; worship, 10:45 a.m. (203) 272-4626.

Christ Community Church, 120 Main St., Sunday – 10:15 a.m. service; Sunday school, 9 a.m. AWANA, Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m. (203) 272-6344. www.cheshireccc. org. Church of the Epiphany, 1750 Huckins Rd., Mass scheduled for Sunday through Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 a.m.; Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and Saturday, 4 p.m. Vigil. (203) 272 - 4355. Cong regation Kol Ami, 1484 Highland Ave., Wednesday, 6 p.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m.; Friday, 7:30 p.m. Shabbat service; Saturday, 10 a.m. service with Torah Study at 9 a.m. (203) 272-1006.

Cornerstone Church, 1146 Waterbury Rd., Sunday services 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m. Nursery provided at all services. Children’s church at the 10 and 11:30 a.m. services. (203) 272-5083. Fe l l ows h i p o f L i f e Church, 150 Sandbank Rd., Sunday - 10 a.m. Worship and teaching, nursery and classes for youth; Wednesday - 7:30 p.m. Revival prayer. (203) 2727976. First Congregational Church, 111 Church Drive, Sunday – 9 and 11 a.m. services. Nursery and child care provided at both services.

(203) 272-5323. Grace Baptist Church, 55 Country Club Road, Sunday - Worship, 9:15 a.m. in Mandarin, 11 a.m. in English; Sunday School for all ages - 9:15 a.m. English, 11 a.m. adults Mandarin; Tuesday - 7:30 p.m. Prayer meeting: Wednesday - small group; Friday - 7:30 Chinese Fellowship/youth program in English. Joint worship service first Sunday of month at 10:30 a.m. (203) 272-3621. Oasis, 176 Sandbank Rd., Sunday, 10:15 a.m. Children’s church and nursery available. (203) 439-0150.

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 59 Main St., Sunday – 8:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:30 a.m. Rite 2 with choirs. (203) 272-4041. S t . T h o m a s B e c ke t Catholic Church, 435 No. Brooksvale Rd., Masses: Vigil (Saturday) 4 p.m. EST, 5 p.m. DST, Sunday 8:30 and 10:30 a.m., Confession: Saturday, 3 p.m. EST, 4 p.m. DST, (203) 272-5777. Temple Beth David, 3 Main St., 7:30 p.m. service Friday, except first Friday of month when family services are at 6:30 p.m. (203) 272-0037.

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Senior Menu Lunch reservations must be made 48 hours in advance by calling (203) 272-0047. A donation is requested. Monday, Jan. 6: Boxed lunch. Tuesday, Jan. 7: Beef stew with bowtie noodles, mashed squash, wheat bread, pistachio mousse, orange juice. Wednesday, Jan. 8: Veal

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Senior Calendar Monday, Jan. 6: Sweatin’ to the Oldies exercise, 9 a.m.; 9 to 5 Cards, 10 a.m.; Boomers and beyond Body Camp Class, 10 a.m.; p.m.; Get Fit Class, 10:15 a.m.; Arthritis Class, 11:30 a.m.; Knit and Crochet Class, 12:30 p.m.; Poker, 1 p.m.; Senior Center Board of Directors meeting, 1 p.m; Tai-Chi Advanced Class, 1 p.m.; Tai-Chi Beginner Class, 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7: Crafty Ladies, 9 a.m.; Zumba Gold, 9:30 a.m.; Moderate Exercise, 10:15 a.m.; Yolartis class, 10:30 a.m.; Bingo, 1 p.m.; Blood Pressure, 1 to 2:30 p.m.; Pinochle, 1 p.m.; Poker, 1 p.m.; Travel Club Board meeting, 1 p.m.

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Wednesday, Jan. 8: Busy Bees, 10 a.m.; C.H.A.T. planning meeting, 10 a.m.; Chair Yoga, 10 a.m.; Mahjongg, 1 p.m.; Nickel, Nickel, 1 p.m.; Poler, 1 p.m. Senior Club, 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9: Line dance, advanced, 9:30 a.m.; Moderate exercise, 10:15 a.m.; Line dance beginner, 10:30 a.m.; Scrabble, 12:30 p.m.; Magic Show, 1 p.m.; Poker, 1 p.m.; Texas Hold ‘em, 1 p.m.; Writing Seniors, 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10: Get Fit Class, 9:15 a.m.; Golf Cards, 10 a.m.; Art/Painting, 10:30 a.m.; Tai-Chi Intermediate Class, 10:30 a.m.; Bridge, 12:30 p.m.; Setback, 12:45 p.m.; Discussion group, 1 p.m.

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Tick-borne disease research is year-round effort By Joy VanderLek The Cheshire Citizen

Laura Estep Hayes, research scientist, discusses tick-associated disease during a fall presentation at Cheshire Public Library. | (Joy VanderLek/The Cheshire Citizen) Additionally, not all ticks have the bacterium associated with Lyme disease. They can, however, get it if they “bite” a vertebrate known to carry the bacterium. That’s where small mammals and birds come into the picture. It is now understood that they are known hosts and they have been found to be

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It may be winter, but when it comes to ticks, there is no better time to make plans to protect yourself, your family and pets. Ticks are at their worst in June and July. That’s peak tick season. However, in the wake of Lyme disease, tick research is a year-round effort. Even during the winter months. In fact, a group of scientists working out of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven, are trying to find ways to control and prevent tick-borne associated diseases. Laura Estep Hayes, is a post-doctoral research scientist and one of the members involved in a three-year program, funded by the CDC, to study the combined effects of integrated techniques to lower tick populations. During a November presentation at the Cheshire Public Library, Hayes spoke about arthropods in an effort to inform, educate and enlighten residents about the hard-bodied insects. “Over the past 30 to 40-years, there’s been a resurgence of arthropod-born diseases,” Hayes said. One of those is Lyme disease. First described in 1976, Lyme borreliosis now accounts for over half the reported cases in the United States. “Lyme disease has fast-tracked its way today, to becoming the most important tick-borne human illness in the United States.” Hayes said there is a direct correlation between tick and deer populations, and forests. In the mid-1700s, there was an abundance of ticks in the northeast. Then in the mid-1800s, the common wood tick population was thought to be close to extinction. Coincidentally, that’s when clear cutting of forests was underway to create agricultural farmland. There was a comparable drop in deer population due to the

lack of habitat. Deer were at a low from 1870 to the early 1900s. Winter populations for deer are now around 70,000. The regrowth of forests in Connecticut and New England, also brought back the return of the deer population. Deer populations support the tick populations. The black-legged tick, also called the deer tick, is the tick associated with Lyme disease. While the disease is transmitted by the tick “bite,” it’s not really a bite, said Hayes. “It’s an incision.” In many cases, the adult female must take a blood meal in order to reproduce or move on to another life stage. It’s during that “critical” blood feeding that any parasite, bacteria or virus can be transmitted. Once the blood meal is underway, bacteria from the tick moves from its gut to its salivary glands, where it comes into contact with the host, i.e., animal or human being bit. The average time needed for transmission of the bacterium is 24-hours. One classic Lyme disease sign, the bulls-eye rash, does not always present itself. Serious conditions such as arthritis, Bell’s Palsy and heart complications may be averted if treated with antibiotics in the early stages. It’s important to understand that not all tick “bites” result in Lyme disease.

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Stay Connected Many people dream of working from home to avoid long commutes, co-worker distractions and other office pitfalls, but once they start, they realize that it can be a lonesome prospect. You can combat workfrom-home loneliness with a bit of structure, however. Make full use of your lunch hour by using the time to run While you may not be dealing with traffic jams and chatty cubicle neighbors, working from errands, have a lunch date with a friend, hit the gym or home comes with its own set of challenges. Preparing for them can make the experience otherwise break up the day more productive, happy and fulfilling. with conversation and interaction. Also, don’t be shy if your personal computer affordable investment. For dium-sized business and af- about picking up the phone goes down. example, Carbonite offers fordable for even very small or using Skype to touch base Protect Your Work New technology is mak- cloud backup solutions that ones. Because it backs up with colleagues, versus sendWhen you work in a cen- ing data protection an easy, are robust enough for a me- computer files automatically, ing an email. tral office, you rely on your compa ny’s tech support team to protect your work and data. But when you work from home, you may not have From Page 9 from my friend Candace that luxury. Over half of all Kearney, a landscape designer small business owners have suggests planting shrubs at Winterberry Gardens in had to redo work due to a lost and trees that have colorful Southington: or deleted file, according to a branches or interesting bark. “The silver blue needles research study conducted by “There are dogwoods with and pyramidal form of the Carbonite, a provider of au- orange twigs, and willows Colorado spruce provide tomatic data backup. Be sure with orange stems; stewartia height, color and contrast,” your work is not in vain. (a camellia tree) has beautiful she says. “You can almost P rotecti ng you r work peeling bark.” imagine yourself up in the against data loss can be a DuBrule also suggests mak- Rocky Mountains. I espechallenge. And while many ing containers of evergreens cially like Baby Blue Eyes, home-based workers and for cold weather decoration. a dwarf spruce that grows small business owners are She suggests trying a na- slowly.” concerned about data loss, tive plant theme: combine Another favorite of hers is most aren’t taking full ad- berries (such as inkberry) the white birch. vantage of what is known with woodland ground cov“It offers a strong vertical as cloud computing. These ers such as wintergreen and anchor, an impressive slash of days, you can back up all of partridgeberry, and add a white in both the summer and your data securely on the few rocks and some moss. winter landscape.” Internet so you are covered Put them on the patio or on She also favors the river the front porch, or as accent birch (Betula Nigra), whose by that not-so-lovely garage peeling bark offers great “texture.” door. Like us on Facebook: As she says, “winter can P e r s o n a l l y, I t h i n k TheCheshireCitizen Christmas decorations— be a time of looking out on wreaths and such—are lovely the frozen world as a bleak left up until the first signs of and cold place, or it can be a spring. Okay, stash the multi- time of enjoying winter viscolored lights and the inflat- tas from your windows, and bundling up to go walking in Tina Gossner, of Durham, with her mixed-breed dog, able snowmen… Finally, a few wintery ideas a winter wonderland. Buddy, under an old apple tree at her house. Stay Focused Working from home provides flexibility and worklife balance. But the f lip side of the coin is a risk of distraction. Stay on task by planning your day in the morning, setting strict working hours, and sticking to the rules you create -- such as no television or personal calls during the day. Make sure your family and friends know that working from home is not synonymous with an extended vacation.


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Ram Notes

Hot start for girls hoop, boys swimming Boys basketball Cheshire 74, Foran 38: Reid Duglenski had 19 points and Dylan D’Addio added 18 in his varsity debut to lead the Rams to an SCC interdivisional victory at home. Duglenski did most of his damage behind the arc with three treys as the Rams evened their record at 1-1 after leading 44-16 at the half. Heath Post added 11 points for Cheshire. Bob Noeholt had nine points to lead Foran (0-2). Xavier 44, Cheshire 41: The Falcons outscored the Rams 9-4 in the fourth quarter to score the SCC interdivisional victory in Middletown. Elijah Pemberton notched 12 points for Xavier. Thomas

Jackson added 11. Reid Duglenski paced Cheshire with 14 points and John Rizzo was good for nine. Duglenski and Rizzo hit three 3’s apiece. Girls basketball Cheshire 52, West Haven 33: With West Haven playing a box-and-one on Cheshire All-Stater Missy Bailey, Sara Como and Jill Howard made the host Blue Devils pay in a SCC interdivisional victory. Como finished the game with 15 points and 13 rebounds and she drilled three 3-pointers. Howard registered 13 points for the Rams, who upped their unbeaten mark to 4-0. Ava Gambardela paced West Haven (0-4) with

10 points. Cheshire 75, Hillhouse 61: Sara Como recorded a double-double to lead the Rams to their third consecutive win out of the starting gate. Como had team highs in points (25) and rebounds (11). Missy Bailey had 15 points and Kelly Glatt had 11. The Rams surged to a sixpoint lead after the first quarter and led by seven after three when they gained some separation. Shyla Osmond, a transfer from Sacred Heart, led the Academics (1-2) with 21 points. Alexis Beene had 14 and Shantel Ratchford added 12. Ice hockey

New Milford 4, Cheshire 2: The Rams jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period behind goals from Joe D’Errico and Alex Bausch but allowed four goals in the loss at Canterbury School. Luke Vendetto, Matt Jordan and Jon Hauser added assists for the Rams in their season debut. Cole Case had two goals for the home team. Joe Solla made 29 saves for Cheshire and his counterpart Ned Capeiglione stoned 22. Boys swimming Cheshire 95, Law 67: Cheshire got a pair of individual wins apiece from Karl Bishop and Ryan Mostoller in rolling past Jonathan Law on opening day at the Foran pool.

Bishop, coming off a strong freshman season, started his sophomore campaign by taking the 200-yard freestyle in 1:52.71 and the 500-yard freestyle in 4:51.87. Mostoller, a freshman, made his varsity debut winning the 200 IM in 2:11.26 and the 100 freestyle in 54 seconds. Also for Cheshire, Alex Cheruk won the 50-yard free (23.73) and teamed with Brian Johnson, Alex Bauer and Mike Goodrich on the winning 200 medley relay (1:49.60). Sal DeLucia won diving for the Rams with 134.20 points. Charles Housemann had a first-place time of 1:03.58 in the 100 butterfly.

Powder Ridge makes wearing helmets mandatory Helmets available for skiers and snowboarders at Powder Ridge in Middlefield. Helmets are mandatory and patrons can rent, purchase or bring their own to the revamped ski area. about wearing a helmet, the policy “saves mom the trouble of having that conversation,” Loring said. “We’re trying to appeal to Skiers and snowboarders at Powder R idge in that family demographic,” Middlef ield will have to he said. Loring expects more ski wear helmets while on the newly reopened slopes, areas to require headgear making it possibly the only as people realize the safety ski area in the country to benefits. Helmets can also be warm, comfortable and have that requirement. While many skiers al- personalized. “W hen you fall down ready wea r hel mets, Powder Ridge’s announce- without a helmet and get ment online was met with your bell rung, you know a flurry of comments both it,” Loring said. “(Our ski patrol) will give you hunfor and against. Tom Lori ng, di rector dreds of examples of where of Powder Ridge’s ski and it would have helped.” Helmets aren’t required snowboard school, said the policy is meant in part to for adult skiers at Mount put parents at ease about S o ut h i n g ton , a lt h ou g h t hei r ch i ld ren’s sa fet y. snowboarders in the terrain Rather than parents hav- park must wear a helmet. Owner Ed Beckley said ing to argue with children

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Tom Loring, director of Ski & Snowboard School, talks about mandatory helmets for skiers and snowboarders at Powder Ridge in Middlefield. | (Photos by Dave Zajac/Special to The Citizen)

about half of his skiers wear helmets.

“We like to have people make their own minds up

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one,” he said. “I think it’s a personal preference.” However, helmets aren’t likely to help in accidents at higher speeds, Beckley said. “Most people would agree that helmets would help prevent injuries that aren’t substantial,” he said. “If you run into a tree at 30 miles per hour, a helmet isn’t going to help you.” The confidence that comes from wearing a helmet can also cause some to ski faster, according to Beckley. “All of a sudden he feels a little less careful,” Beckley said. “He’ll be skiing four to five miles per hour faster.” Michael Berry, president of the National Ski Areas Association, said ski fatalities have been steady over the past years despite an increase in the use of helmets. The association does help promote helmet use, however, particularly for young skiers and snowboarders. Berry also pointed to studies that show helmet-wearing skiers went faster. “Wear a helmet, but ski or snowboard as if you did not,” he said. In the 2012-13 ski season, 70 percent of skiers and snowboarders wore a helmet, according to association data. That’s increased from 25 percent in the 200203 ski season. The association doesn’t

make recommendations for rules on helmet use, but does provide help such as posters for those ski areas trying to promote helmet use. “We don’t tell ski areas how to run their ski areas,” Berry said. He wasn’t aware of any ski areas that require helmets for adults on the slopes. Neil Young, president of the Meriden Ski Club, said Powder Ridge’s requirement “wasn’t a bad idea.” “It’s a good practice. Most people now wear helmets,” he said. Ten or 15 years ago, very few skiers wore helmets, Young said, including himself. He began about six years ago. “I was requiring my kids to wear a helmet,” he said. “I’m surprised the ski slopes haven’t required it and I’m surprised the insurance companies haven’t required it,” Young said. “I would think they would have saved people from concussions and severe head injuries.” In addition to renting helmets, Powder Ridge has also partnered with helmet manufacturer Bern to offer discounted helmets for purchase. “If we’re mandating helmets, we want to make it affordable,” Loring said. Adult helmets sell for $60 and junior helmets sell for $40. Those helmets can also

Helmets available for skiers and snowboarders at Powder Ridge in Middlefield, Tuesday, December 17, 2013. Helmets are mandatory and patrons can rent, purchase or bring their own to the revamped ski area that opened Friday, December 20. | (Dave Zajac/Special to The Citizen)

be used for biking and boating, Loring said. Some sk iers m ight be put off by the requirement, but Loring doesn’t expect the policy to affect Powder Ridge substantially. “We don’t want to take away anyone’s freedom, and we don’t want to tell anyone how to enjoy the sport,” he said. “Helmets just make sense.”

Above: A snowcat prepared a hill for the grand opening of Powder Ridge, Tuesday, December 17, 2013. The revamped mountain park and resort opened Friday, December 20. Left: A chair lift is ready to ferry skiers up the hills at Powder Ridge. | (Dave Zajac/Special to The Citizen)

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Academy grid Patience is the key trio Texas-bound for Cheshire wrestlers high school players chosen for the game, which will feature 8th and 9th graders. It, too, will draw considerable attention from recruiters. “This is an amazing accomplishment,” coach Dykeman said. “Tarik is truly a special player.” Said Black: “To be selected to play in one of the East Bay Youth All-American Bowl games as a freshman is a great feeling. It’s an honor to be able to represent my family, close friends, and school in a game like this. This selection proves to me that hard work and dedication really pays off. Without the help of my teammates and coaches encouraging, motivating and making me work harder every day in practice this wouldn’t have been possible. I would like to just give a special thanks them. I will continue to stay humble and strive to be the best student-athlete I can.”

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The wrestling program at Cheshire, under the guidance of new coach Jake Dilts, is populated Ken Lipshez by a host of From the Lip young and inexperienced wrestlers so patience is a byword. The Rams ventured to Fairf ield Ludlowe Dec. 21 with two of their most promising wrestlers — seniors Jacob Cervero (132 pounds) and Gabe Vega (170) — on the injured list. Most of Cheshire’s slots in the bracket-style event fell

to freshmen or upperclassmen new to the sport. The Rams f inished e i g h t h a m o n g t h e 16 schools with 90 points. Captain Lucas Swa n placed t h i rd at 1 26 . Beyond that, many of the Rams got a first taste of what a grueling Saturday of competition demands and Dilts found reason for optimism. “We’re going to get better from it,” Dilts said. “We have Xavier Monday and then we have a long break so we’ll be able to [work on fundamentals].” Mat and clock awareness are high on the list. Darren Barile (126) and Karl Jacobs (145) earned fifth-place finishes. Sean Black (106), Owen Brown (113), Mike Marotta (152) and Dan Lisath (220) were

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The Cheshire Academy football team was an aerial show this fall. As a result, three Cats find themselves in San Antonio. Quarterback Patrick Kehoe and wide receivers Mathew Kehoe and Tarik Black were all selected to participate in events that are being held in Texas in conjunction with the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the annual televised showcase for high school seniors. The Kehoe brothers, both juniors, were among 500 underclassmen selected nationwide for the U.S. Army National Combine, which runs Jan. 2-4. The combine is a training and recruiting event that will increase exposure to college coaches for the Madison natives. “It means a lot to me to be considered one of 500 juniors nationwide to be selected to the combine,” Patrick Kehoe said in a statement. “Everybody that surrounds me see here at CA has prepared me by pushing me to be better on and off the field. The team pushed each other to get better every day and practice and Coach (Dave) Dykeman led us the whole way.” “I think that’s exactly what it is—an honor—to be chosen as one of the best junior football players in the country,” echoed his brother, Mathew. “CA’s football team definitely helped me by making me always work my hardest and play for the moment.” The Kehoes were key pieces in an offense that averaged 43 points and over 500 yards a game, 366 through the air. Patrick Kehoe completed 193 of 300 passes for 3,294 yards and 39 touchdowns. Matt Kehoe caught 26 of those passes for 356 yards and three touchdowns. Black was another big target in CA’s 8-1 season. The freshman from Hamden hauled in 40 passes for 745 yards and nine TDs. He headed to San Antonio to play in the East Bay Youth All-American Bowl. Black won one of just 50

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integral in the transmission of the Lyme disease bacterium. Scientists are not certain of the birds’ roles in transmission. Small mammals’ play integral roles in transmission, and in particular the white-footed mouse, chipmunks and shrews are thought of as “guilty parties,” Hayes said. White-tail deer also support the (adult) tick population by acting as hosts. Humans can be counted in this group as well. Unlike small mammals and birds, though, humans and deer do not transmit the bacterium. Researchers have established guidelines, which can be beneficial in keeping tick populations down, and make it less likely for people to come into contact with ticks. Homeowners should use yard intervention techniques: Hardscapes, mulches and xericape (water-conservation plantings). Landscape materials used as a buffer can thwart tick movement. A three-foot wide barrier of gravel, mulch or wood chips to separate lawn from woodlot is advised. Pesticide can be added as an extra layer of protection to the barrier. Prune trees to allow sunlight to penetrate. This also deters ticks. Keep swingsets, sandboxes and other playscapes out of the “buffer” zone. Clear away leaf litter and brush regularly. Deer fencing can be used to keep deer out of the yard. To keep chipmunks and mice out of your yard, you can use bait boxes. In general, if you are outside, especially in wooded areas, wear long-sleeves and light-colored pants. Wear your socks over your pants. Use tick repellants, put onto your clothes. Finally, perform a tick check when you come back inside your house, and try to bath within two hours of being outside. That’s the best preventative care to find ticks early. More in-depth information on tick management techniques for homeowners and tick-associated disease prevention can be obtained online from the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station’s “Tick Management Handbook.”

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